Tom Izzo: Adreian Payne will sit 'until he's 100 percent'

Tom Izzo: Adreian Payne will sit 'until he's 100 percent'

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Michigan State senior Adreian Payne missed Saturday's overtime win against Minnesota while he continues to deal with plantar fasciitis in his right foot – and more DNPs could be on the way for Payne.

“I've got to look at the big picture for him, and the big picture for us,” Izzo said on Monday. “I do not see this lingering all year. Only if I let it – and I'm not gonna let it.”

Payne wasn't expected to play against Ohio State last week, but he was able to score 18 points and grab six rebounds despite the injury. He's averaging 16.2 points and 7.7 rebounds on the season.

Michigan State is 15-1, with road games at Northwestern and Illinois coming up this week.

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